Clear the Shelters: Find a Participating Shelter Near You

NBC and Telemundo stations are teaming up Aug. 17 to host the 5th annual Clear the Shelters event

Clear the Shelters 2019 map

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The fifth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 17, 2019. Hundreds of shelters — including locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia — will waive or reduce fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible.

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Across the country, over 100,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 3.2 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters, searching for homes for dogs, cats, rabbits and even horses. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.

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